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Agony: Las Vegas SWAT Standoff Ends In Tragedy At Famed MGM Grand Hotel

Las Vegas SWAT Team Standoff

Tragedy erupted at the largest hotel in the United States, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, today when a man was spotted waving a gun around the hotel before barricading himself in a room and having a SWAT team situation.

An article in The Las Vegas Sun titled “SWAT standoff at MGM Grand ends in tragedy” [1] says:

A SWAT standoff in Las Vegas ended quietly Wednesday when officers entered a room at the nation’s largest hotel to find a man dead of an apparent suicide, police said.

Las Vegas Metro Police officer Larry Hadfield told USA TODAY the standoff began before 3 a.m. PT when police were called to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, where someone was believed to be armed with a handgun. Several rooms were evacuated and a heavy police presence quickly swept into the area.

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More than six hours later, Las Vegas Metro Police tweeted: “Ref the MGM Grand Hotel suicide call. Officers made entry into the room and located a deceased male, victim of an apparent suicide.”

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“We were told the individual might want to harm himself and might have a firearm,” Hadfield said. “Due to the circumstances, we brought in crisis negotiators, backed up by SWAT, and tried to contact him.”

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Hours later, police went in.

“We found a deceased male adult with what we believe tobe a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Hadfield said. No one else was injured, he said. The investigation was continuing.

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The MGM Grand, located on the famed Las Vegas Strip, opened in 1993. It includes more than 6,800 rooms, is the nation’s largest hotel and the second-largest in the world behind the Izmailovo Hotel in Moscow. The hotel property has several outdoor pools, rivers, and waterfalls on a 6.6-acre lot.

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[1] http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/10/swat-mgm-grand-casino-hotel/20189753/

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